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Pittsfield Councilors Say Superintendent Selection Sets City Back
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Friday, April 16, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Several city councilors are crying foul over a superintendent of schools search process that ended with the internal candidate being selected.   The School Committee had failed the city's students, they said, and "would move Pittsfield backward."   Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis, who has been leading the 5,000-student district since last fall, was chosen out four finalists on Wednesday with a majority vote of 4-3.   This prompted committee member Dennis Powell to publicly resign from the body, citing a lack of voice among his colleagues and a flawed process.   "It's unfortunate, and I really felt that at the beginning

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BCC to Return Ecology Flag to Full Mast on Earth Day
03:55PM / Friday, April 16, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In celebration of Earth Day, Berkshire Community College (BCC) will return its ecology flag to full mast at 11 am on Thursday, April 22.    The flag has been flying at half-staff as a symbol of the "forceful and unprecedented assault on the environment" since March 2017, explained BCC President Ellen Kennedy.   Representative BCC staff, faculty and students will attend the ceremony, which will feature short remarks by Environmental Science Professor Tom Tyning, Nature Conservancy biologist and BCC graduate Rene Wendell, President Kennedy and others. BCC student Amber Macneil and other members of the Conservation of Natural Resources class

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BCC Hires, Promotes Staff
10:59AM / Friday, April 16, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the hiring and promotion of staff to the College.   Damien Boutillon has joined BCC's TRIO (Talent, Resources, Initiative, Opportunity) Student Support Services Program as an Academic Advisor. Previously, he was a Strategic Planning Associate at Williams College and a Research Fellow at Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. A resident of Williamstown, Boutillon received a master's degree and a PhD in social anthropology from Durham University, England, a master's degree in linguistic anthropology from the School of Advanced Social Studies, Paris, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from

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Interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis Offered Pittsfield Public School Superintendent Position
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:01PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday offered interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis the position permanently, a move that prompted one committee member to immediately resign.   Curtis was selected from four candidates on a 4-3 vote with Mayor Linda Tyer, Daniel Elias, William Cameron and Chairwoman Katherine Yon voting in his favor. He accepted the position after being contacted immediately following the vote.   Member Dennis Powell, the only supporter of Portia Bonner, a Connecticut administrator, publicly resigned from the committee in protest after the vote.   "It's unfortunate, and I really felt that at the beginning of this whole process, I

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MCLA Annual Senior Art Exhibition Opens Virtually April 22
04:02PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's annual senior art exhibition, #Blindsight2021, will open virtually at MCLA Gallery 51 on April 22 featuring the work of Alex Gaspar '21, Ian Mosher '21, Tala Rousseau '21, Drew Thomas '21, and Ashanti Thomas '21.     "#Blindsight2021" will be open online at https://www.mclaseniorartmajors.com/ and in the Design Lab at Gallery 51 beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021.    Earlier in the day, each senior will present their work via a formal artist talk as part of the annual MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference. Follow the Senior Art Majors online @mclaART on both Instagram and Facebook for links to

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Q&A: Pittsfield School Committee Interviews 4 Potential Superintendents
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:34AM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield School Committee interviewed four finalists on Monday and Tuesday evenings in the search for the district's new superintendent. 

Each of the applicants has a history of more than 24 years in education and evinced a desire to embrace the city's diverse range of youth and young adults.

The committee will deliberate on the appointment of the next superintendent at its regular meeting Wednesday, April 14.

Former Superintendent Jason McCandless left last August for the Mount Greylock Regional School District, and former Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis was selected as interim superintendent.

A 23-member Superintendent Search Committee

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MCLA To Present Info Session on State Employee Tuition Waiver
12:17PM / Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) and the Office of Student Financial Services will hold a virtual info session at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, providing overviews of DGCE's programs and sharing information about the tuition waiver available for Massachusetts state employees and their spouses.     Barbara Emanuel, director of DGCE programs, will provide an overview of MCLA's Master of Business Administration, Master of Education including teacher licensure programs, bachelor's degree completion, and certificates in accounting and cyber security.     Bonnie Howland, MCLA director of student

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BCC Virtual Open House
12:15PM / Monday, April 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold its Spring 2021 Virtual Open House on Wednesday, April 21 at 4 pm, followed by a financial aid session at 5 pm.    The open house takes place during most local high schools' spring break. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse or call (413) 236–1630.   Prospective students will get the opportunity to meet BCC faculty and staff and learn about the admissions process from the comfort of their home. After the open house, attendees can get help filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, or they can explore the Fall 2021 course schedule with an academic

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Lanesborough's Johnson Departs Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fourth time in two years, a member of the seven-person Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has resigned mid-term.   Lanesborough resident Michelle Johnson tendered her resignation Thursday to the committee, effective Friday.   Johnson's letter of resignation said it comes with "great sadness," and she appeared to tear up while reading the letter during Thursday's virtual meeting. Her letter praised her colleagues on the committee for their professionalism and thoughtfulness.   It did not specify a reason for her resignation beyond "personal reasons."   "I urge the committee to continue on

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MCLA Receives Grant To Improve Racial Equity On Campus
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10:47AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) to help the college work toward improving racial equity.   The Higher Education Innovation grant will allow the MCLA Department of Public Safety to work with a consulting firm specializing in improving police departments' relationships with their communities. The consultant would work with MCLA to develop an interactive training module for the Department of Public Safety with the goal of increasing cultural competency and engagement of its officers and staff with the MCLA community.    "I'm deeply appreciative

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